Today’s storage environment is rapidly evolving with data possibility passing through multiple organizations, systems, and storage media in its lifetime. As a result, an increasing number of companies are responsible for hard drive destruction and effectively sanitizing media. The effective management of information from inception through disposition is the responsibility of all those who hold the data. This is why it is very important to choose the right company to handle the sanitation of your data.
When it comes time for your business to retire old hard drives, it is imperative that every possible option is covered in order to avoid a data breach. Even though it may seem more lucrative to remove and destroy the hard drives yourself, you risk having your data recovered and used against you. The safest way to perform proper hard drive destruction is to hire a professional IT asset disposal company which specializes in the disposal of electronic data storage media.
Four Reasons Hard Drive Destruction Benefits Your Business
Your Data Becomes Irretrievable
Hackers and cybercriminals can effortlessly regain access to data on deleted hard drives, slightly damaged hard drives, or hard drives that are merely thrown in the local landfill. Simply deleting the information off of a hard drive does not guarantee the data is entirely removed. However, physical hard drive destruction using specialized machines can securely destroy data making it unrecoverable.
Organizations can encounter hefty fines and penalties from industry regulators when they do not dispose of their data storage media the right way. Every business is responsible for the data on their storage medium, until the end of its life cycle. If there is a data leak, the business that originated the data may end up paying thousands of dollars in fines. The best way to avoid regulatory fines is by using a professional hard drive destruction company.
Ensure Your Company is in Regulatory Compliance
A professional data destruction partner is familiar with industry regulations for destroying data storage media. It is their job to ensure their clients remain compliant, eliminating any concern for fines. IT asset disposal firms also ensure proper hard drive destruction and disposal according to laws that apply to electronics and data storage media.
Complete Removal of All Data
A data destruction company can guarantee that all of the data on data storage mediums is completely eradicated. They achieve this by physically destroying hard drives using a high-tech storage media destroyer. This machine renders data on all hard drives irretrievable, meaning data cannot be salvaged even when using modern scientific procedures.
Two Types of Secure Data Destruction
Our preferred method of data eradication is secure eraser of hard drives. This method is preferred because it provides complete, secure and cost-effective data destruction, yet leaves the physical drive undamaged so that it can be reused. To effectively eradicate your data, We Buy Used Hard Drives follows the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Defense of following NIST as the best method for secure data eradication.
The process of physically damaging the medium so that it is not usable in a computer and so that no known exploitation method can retrieve data from the medium.
Major Legal and Regulatory Frameworks
We Buy Used Hard Drives follows sophisticated methods to ensure that sensitive data is effectively protected. We make sure that access to your data is infeasible and help your organization in making practical sanitation decisions based on the confidentiality of your information.
The DoD 5220.22-M has been the most popular of all wiping methods as it was designed in 90’s through the Department of Defense in the United States. The method involves three overwriting passes with a random pattern of ones and zeros written onto the disk. Many increased the three-pass method to seven but ultimately the recommended methodology has changed to the NIST system. In more recent years the DOD has referenced NIST as the more secure way to handle the eradication of hard disks.
The NIST 800-88 is the newest method that has taken precedence over DoD. After much debate of overkill on the DoD method, the Department of Commerce created this method in 2014. NIST accepts the manufacturer’s methods of erasure but also sets a basic guideline to meet: 1-pass wipe and 1-pass verify. The summary of NIST is: If the media will be reused, and will be leaving organization control then purging should be selected as the sanitization method. If the media will be reused, and will not be leaving organization control then clearing is a sufficient method of sanitization. If the media will not be reused at all, then destroying is the method for media sanitization.
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 was designed to ensure financial and accounting data stayed secure. There is no specific method of wiping specified in the SOX act, but it requires a company to have a plan in place for keeping data secure.
The HIPAA Privacy Rules by the Department of Health and Human Services was designed to keep our health information secure. Similar to the SOX act, there is no method of wiping specified. However, to meet these compliance companies with client health information must securely destroy data for drives that are to be discarded.
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